Special Interest Group 16, School-Based Issues When was the SIG founded? Beginning in 1997, members of the public school caucus at the Legislative Council began talking about the need for a special interest division (now special interest group) for public school practitioners. Through the work of many dedicated ASHA members, Division 16 was founded in 2000. ... SIG Spotlight
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Special Interest Group 16, School-Based Issues
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SIG Spotlight   |   August 01, 2012
Special Interest Group 16, School-Based Issues
The ASHA Leader, August 2012, Vol. 17, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.17102012.np
The ASHA Leader, August 2012, Vol. 17, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.17102012.np
When was the SIG founded?
Beginning in 1997, members of the public school caucus at the Legislative Council began talking about the need for a special interest division (now special interest group) for public school practitioners. Through the work of many dedicated ASHA members, Division 16 was founded in 2000. The group’s purpose is to focus on grassroots issues inherent to the school setting while offering a collective voice for, increasing direct representation of, and increasing visibility of school-based practitioners at the national level.
How many members are in the SIG?
SIG 16 has close to 5,000 members.
Why should ASHA members affiliated with SIG 16?
School-based practitioners make up 52% of ASHA’s membership. With topics in Perspectives, discussions at the SIG 16 site on the ASHA Community, and discounts on SIG 16-related ASHA short courses and conferences, the benefit to members is significant.
How does your SIG affect the membership at large?
SIG 16 represents school-based practitioners, who total more than half of the ASHA membership. It provides school-specific topics as well as continued voice and advocacy for school-age children.
What are two upcoming events or initiatives that everyone should know about?
The ASHA Board of Directors recently approved the School-Based Practice Award, developed by the SIG 16 Coordinating Committee. Similar to the award given for achievement in higher education, it will be awarded to an individual or group working exclusively in the schools who has developed a special project or initiative. The first nominations will be accepted in 2013.
Also, SIG 16 is offering a short course on the Common Core State Standards at the 2012 ASHA Convention.
Which of your recent Perspective articles is a must-read for professionals and why?
SIG 16 strives to keep its members current with most recent state and national initiatives. The Common Core State Standards are being adopted nationwide; the article, “From Common Core State Standards to Standard-Based IEPs: A Brief Tutorial,” by Judy Rudebusch, appears in the March 2012 issue of Perspectives on School Based Issues. The article aims to help school-based members incorporate the standards into their interventions.
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